Business of the Month—Quixotic Coffee, 769 S. Cleveland Ave., is the Highland District Council’s neighborhood business of the month for October. The coffee shop, which opened in December 2014, sells beverages and pastries. An interview with the owner is posted on the HDC website. Mention the HDC in October for a discount.
Blood and donation drives—A blood drive and donation drive will take place from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, October 14, at the Highland Park Community Center, 1978 Ford Pkwy. In addition to giving blood, items will be collected for the Francis Basket Food Market in Highland. For information and the link, see the HDC website.
Living in Highland—The HDC has scheduled two events to hear from residents about living in Highland Park. Coffee and donuts will be served from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, October 16, at the Crosby Park Pavilion, 2595 Crosby Farm Road; and happy hour appetizers will be served from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, October 20, at Tiffany Sports Lounge, 2051 Ford Pkwy. Residents can also fill out a survey by October 31 at surveymonkey.com/r/HDCinput.
Highland Bridge virtual update—Ryan Companies will host its final Highland Bridge virtual project update of the year at 6 p.m. Monday, October 18. Participants may submit questions in advance by emailing email@example.com. Visit highlandbridge.com/news.
Rent stabilization panel—The Highland, Macalester-Groveland and other local district councils will host an informational panel on the city’s rent stabilization ballot question at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 20, held via Zoom and live-streamed on Facebook. Register at rent-stabilization.eventbrite.com.
Upcoming meetings—Community Development Committee, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 19; and Community Engagement Committee, 7 p.m. Monday, October 25. All HDC meetings are being held online via Zoom until further notice. Links are posted on the HDC website.
Fall cleanup—Macalester-Groveland’s Community Building Team and volunteers will gather for a fall cleanup from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 16, along Grand and Snelling avenues. Sign up at macgrove.org/events.
History Theatre viewing—The Macalester-Groveland Community Council is purchasing group tickets to stream the History Theatre’s production of Not in Our Neighborhood free of charge. Not in Our Neighborhood, which runs from October 14-24, tells the story of Nellie and William Francis, a prominent couple who purchased a home in Macalester-Groveland in 1924 and faced racism and protests. A discussion will be held via Zoom at 7 p.m. Sunday, October 24. Learn more at macgrove.org/events.
Blood drives—There are two opportunities coming up to help fill an urgent need for blood donations. A Ward 3 blood and donation drive will be held by the Highland District Council and other partners from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, October 14, at the Highland Park Community Center, 1978 Ford Pkwy. A blood drive also will be hosted by Brian Wagner and Sarah Kinney of Coldwell Banker Realty from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, October 15, at the Edgcumbe Recreation Center, 320 S. Griggs St. To learn more and register, visit facebook.com/macgrovecc.
Business roundtable—The community council’s business representatives will host a fall roundtable for local business leaders at 8 a.m. Wednesday, October 27, via Zoom. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be illuminated—The community council’s fall edition of the “Illuminator,” its biannual newsletter, is mailed to every household in the district—about 8,000 of them—and will arrive in mailboxes around November 8. For information, visit macgrove.org/advertise.
Upcoming meetings—board of directors on Thursday, October 14; Transportation Committee on Monday, October 25; and Housing and Land Use Committee on Wednesday, October 27. The meetings will be held virtually beginning at 6:30 p.m. To receive monthly meeting notices and Zoom details, sign up at macgrove.org/participate.
Fall Festival—The Summit Hill Fall Festival will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, October 14, at the Linwood Recreation Center, 860 Saint Clair Ave. The outdoor festival will feature live music, food trucks, pumpkin decorating, bounce houses, luminarias, apple cider, cocoa, local sponsors and crime prevention tips. Updated details are available at SummitHillAssociation.org/calendar.
Annual meeting—The Summit Hill Association’s annual meeting will take place at the October 14 festival. Voting for new and returning board members will take place from 5-7 p.m. An announcement of results and a short meeting will follow from 7:15-7:30 p.m. For questions regarding the election, contact executive director Monica Haas at 651-222-1222 or email@example.com.
Summit Avenue trail—The Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation is drafting a master plan for Summit Avenue from the Mississippi River to downtown. Public comments are being requested by November. To take a survey and see the most current list of planning events, visit tinyurl.com/23jhnruh.
Fall safety walks—The SHA will hold two fall safety walks to identify areas that require maintenance for those on foot, bike, scooter or in vehicles. Volunteers will gather at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 21, and Tuesday, October 26, at the Linwood Recreation Center to canvas the neighborhood. Sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call to action—The Racial Dialogue and Action Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, October 18, via Zoom. For details, visit SummitHillAssociation.org/calendar.
Volunteers—The Union Park District Council is canvassing its neighborhoods to inform residents of upcoming activities and is in need of considerable volunteer assistance. Those who are willing to help distribute flyers are being asked to email email@example.com.
Board elections—This November, the UPDC will be holding elections for the majority of seats on its board of directors. That includes neighborhood-based grid seats as well as at-large seats. For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Air pollution—This month, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is reviewing the emissions at Cooperative Plating Company on Snelling and Iglehart avenues. At its meeting on October 20, the UPDC’s Environment and Parks Committee will solicit comments on the matter and issues of air pollution in the neighborhood.
Upcoming meetings—Committee on Land Use and Development, 6:30 p.m. Monday, October 18; Environment and Parks Committee, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 20; Neighborhood Involvement Committee, 6:45 p.m. Monday, October 25; and annual meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 3. To access the Zoom meetings, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or click on the links at unionparkdc.org/calendar.
Contact us—The public is invited to “like” the Union Park District Council on Facebook, follow it on Twitter at @UnionParkDC, and subscribe to its e-newsletter, “Neighborhood Matters,” by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Seventh recipes—Recipes are being collected from local residents for a West Seventh/Fort Road Federation cookbook that will be sold as a fundraiser for the organization. Recipes may be sent for consideration to fortroadfederation.org/cookbook.
Upcoming meetings—Community Engagement Committee, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 21; and Transportation and Land Use Committee, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 3. See fortroadfederation.org/calendar for details.
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